Bridgewater (6-3, 218) is the catalyst for the Louisville offense with a 70.7 completion percent for the season. He started off slow with his team behind 17-14 at the half against Cincinnati, but ended with an impressive 416 passing yards for the game.
The Louisville QB plays smart football and uses his checks downs often; he throws a good spiral along with it as well as great timing with his receivers on the long ball. Amazingly, Bridgewater is only a true sophomore.
Cardinals wide receiver Devante Parker (6-3, 204) was named player of the game with 120 yards and two touchdowns, both in the fourth quarter. Parker showed he can run after the catch and haul in the deep ball.
For Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux, he was the reason for most of the Bearcats' big plays, but also mostly the reason for the bad ones. Legaux had three interceptions and only completed 13 of 28 passes. He floats the ball too often and lacks zip on throws, but he is a talented runner.
This season, Louisville has had five of their eight games decided by seven points or less. Friday's game ended with touchdown passes late in the fourth quarter by both teams' quarterbacks to send the game into overtime.
In overtime, Legaux threw a bad pass that was intercepted by cornerback Terell Floyd in the end zone and Louisville made a field goal after a botched snap that did not count since Cincinnati coach Butch Jones called a timeout. Once again, the Cardinals had a game go down to the wire.
Louisville coach Charlie Strong said, "You win a football game and you know you can still improve and this football team knows it... We’re 8-0, but still we can go play so much better. We have yet to put together a 60 minute game. When is that going to happen? We need that to happen."
The most unfortunate occurrence in the game for Louisville was to team sack leader DE Lorenzo Mauldin (6-4, 240), who left the second quarter with a knee injury. As of now, his status is not known.
The toughest game left for Louisville is when they play at BCS No. 15 Rutgers on November 29. The Cardinals are solid all around, but lack the domination of many undefeated teams. If the close games continue, it looks like they will lose sooner or later. But with Bridgewater at quarterback and a hoard of underclassmen, they have further development ahead and a very bright future.
Louisville Schedule 2012
Sat. Sept 8, vs Missouri State W 35-7
Sat. Sept 15, vs North Carolina W 39-34
Sat. Sept 22, at FIU W 28-21
Sat. Sept 29, at Southern Miss W 21-17
Sat. Oct 13, at Pittsburgh W 45-35
Sat. Oct 20, vs South Florida W 27-25
Fri. Oct 26, vs Cincinnati W 34-31
Sat. Nov 3, vs Temple
Sat. Nov 10, at Syracuse
Sat. Nov 24, vs Connecticut
Thu. Nov 29, at Rutgers